Rule of the Month – July 2013

July 2013


3.9(a) Fault Serve – Foot Fault

The following serves are faults and any two in succession result in an out:

(a) Foot Faults. A foot fault results when:

  1. At the start of or during the service motion, any part of the server (or doubles partner), including the racquet, touches the floor outside of the service zone.
  2. At the end of the service motion, the server steps with either foot on the floor beyond the service line (with no part of the foot on the line
    or inside the service zone) before the served ball crosses the short line.

 

Read through the following situations and decide: Fault or Not?

 

    1. The server stands outside the box, and in a fluid motion, walks into the box, bounces the ball, and hits the serve.
      Fault or Not?

 

    1. As the server pauses before the serve, the back foot is aligned:

      backfoot1

      Fault or Not?

 

    1. As the server pauses before the serve, the feet are aligned:

      backfoot2

      Fault or Not?

 

    1. The server lines up at the back line, crouches to make a serve, taps their racquet on the floor outside of the box, bounces the ball, and serves.

      Fault or Not?

 

    1. As the server completes the serve, the feet end in this position:

      frontfoot2

      Fault or Not?

 

    1. As the server completes the serve, the feet end here:

      frontfoot2

      Fault or Not?

 

    1. During a lob serve, the server backs out of the box before the ball crosses the short line.

      Fault or Not?

 

  1. During a lob serve, the server’s doubles partner backs out of the box before the ball crosses the short line.

    Fault or Not?

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